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and north africa. i have talked about our strategy in this region including at speeches and in my recent testimony before congress. there has been progress. american soldiers have come home from iraq. people or electing their leaders in egypt and libya. there is a broad coalition to stop muammar gaddafi from massacring his people. and a cease-fire is holding in gaza. all good things but not enough. unifying french companies and building demographic institutions. the impasse shows little sign of easing. the assad regime considers to slaughter its people. iran is pursuing its nuclear ambitions. we continue to face real terrorist threats from yemen and north africa. i cannot pretend that the united states has all the solutions to these problems. we are clear about the future we see for the -- and the people. where people live in dignity and not dictatorships. there is no doubt getting to that future will be difficult and will require every single tool in our toolkit. you can have a true peace without directing the active conflicts and the underlying causes. you cannot have the prosperity th
across north africa and the middle east is growing. one leading expert tells how washington should respond to promote stability and protect its interests. but first, the tense line between personal privacy and national security has been an issue since 9/11. few agencies are more secretive or more involved in sensitive global intelligence collection and analysis than the national security agency. which must deal with this delicate issue on a daily basis. nsa technical experts must keep the nation safe complying with all rules and regulations. the man heading up the effort to quote keep the spies in line as some say is john delong. nsa's first ever compliance director. john welcome to the program. >> thanks for having me on the show. >> so let's starlet out. i mean -- start out. i mean the stereotype is that the national security agency can spy on anybody it wants to spy on and can do anything that it wants but you guys are really in a delicate spot as an intelligence agency who has to cope with this issue daily. why was your job created and how do you make sure that nsa stays in lin
. it is about north africa, the fear that the conflict would spill over. this concern over the transborder militancy is exacerbated by the difficult democratic transitions in north africa. in north africa, the risks of contagion and spillover are real. tunisia is vastly becoming a smuggling corridor for arms dealers between libya. their huge concerns with the other government, at tunisia is becoming a corridor for arms dealers. seizures of large arms caches are becoming frequent. tunisia, the problem is that it could become more than just a transitory it. tunisia and they're very concerned about french presidents in mali. -- french presence in mali. they are concerned that tunisia might -- the war in mali might become a recruitment for disgruntled tunisia and islamists. there is concern about backlash. so far, cross border links between militants have been tenuous so far. they use more greed and criminality than ideology. jihadi gangsters, rebels might join forces. destabilize countries that are transitioning and have very weak security institutions. authorities today, they're struggling t
efforts that are popping up in different parts of the middle east and north africa? >> in the past i think the core asserted an amount of the influence over the franchises. it depends on our definition of the core and our ability to disrupt communication between them. aqap, other elements, have developed as a result of the local environment. they are unique unto themselves. we need to make sure that we are able to work with the governments and intelligence service is so we can put pressure on them. and number of them have local agendas, and some of them have international agendas. aqap in yemen has a effort underway to bring that government down, and the government has done a great job. there are other elements, narcotics smugglers, human traffickers, they involve kidnappings and ransoms, and are involved in terrorist attacks. we need to take into account what the informant is, who we can work with, how to put pressure on them, but any element associated with al qaeda has as part of its agenda death and destruction. i agree but we need to do is be mindful of this metastasization of the al
of the most feared jihadists in north africa has been hunting americans. we first heard about the man last summer. a tribesman got a call telling him this man was in the area. what's his name? born in algeria, he's been a jihadist since his late teens. he's feared, but also revered in northern africa. now, we are learning the united states had a chance to kill him a decade ago. but missed the opportunity. it's a pretty incredible headline. "outfront" tonight with that story is our chris lawrence. >> he's a one-eyed bandit, the head of a cell called those that sign in blood. ten years ago, the u.s. considered taking him down and chose not to. vicki huddleston was the u.s. ambassador to mali when he first popped on the radar. >> he was not a threat to anyone. just a cigarette smuggler at that point and not a legitimate target. >> ten years later, he is one of the most brazen to have targeted americans abroad. in january, he master minded the attack on an algerian gas plant. three americans ended up dead. >> we've seen he is a much cleverer man than we manled. >> back then, it seems too risky
sequester. >> i want to move on to some of the hot spots. we'll start in north africa. a lot of news this week. here is the a.p. headline. u.s. limited in fight against north african militants. the united states is struggling to confront an uptick in threats in the newest hot spot with limited intelligence and few partners to help as the obama administration weighs who you to keep islamic extremists from jeopardizing national security without launching war. we want to put up a map here. and explain to people where this is. egypt, libya, algeria, mali, niger. when i read about the idea that we don't have enough intelligence, we've known about al qaeda in north africa since before 9/11. this is the original safe haven of osama bin laden, was north africa. did we drop the ball? >> you know, when al qaeda attacked the united states on 9/11, and it became clear that we had to go to war on terrorism against al qaeda, we focused on al qaeda's core leadership and where they were at. and we've done that. we've gone after them in pakistan, afghanistan, and going after them in yemen, going afte
to the united states interests in benghazi and throughout the north africa were growing was the -- was the defense department not placed on a heightened alert status or adequately postured to respond in a timely manner to a contingency of this nature, especially on the anniversary of 9/11. our witnesses have repeatedly stated that there were no military assets in the region available that could have acted in time, potentially to avert this disaster, and i have to ask why not. the january, 2012, defense strategic guidance directs that we will rebalance toward the asian pacific. it goes on to say in africa and latin america we will develop innovative, low cost and small footprint approaches to achieve our security objectives. i don't agree. that's no way to achieve our security objectives. benghazi highlights the strategic risks of these new strategies in places like africa, risks certain to be amplified by cuts. this committee must get a thorough accounting exactly what was known and when and what the defense department did to respond to the escalating situation in bengha
at risk from afghanistan to north africa, in the middle east and asian pacific and making great, personal sacrifices in order to prevent conflict and to help achieve the american dream of giving our children a better life. that dream has been hillary clinton. the department of defense recognizes her for her great work in helping all of us to better defend this nation and to provide that better life. in my time in and out of government, hillary clinton is one of the most informed, passionate, and dedicated public servants i have had the privilege to serve alongside. she has devoted her life to expanding opportunities for everyone, to build a better future for this country and the world. she believes everyone deserves a chance to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward and to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the department of defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat. thank you for the inspiration. 70 years ago, the only person to serve as secretary of state and defense was george mar
in the west. as i understand it in 1942, the americans and british open up the front in north africa and push the germans out of north africa and then began an invasion of sicily. was stalin referring to an invasion of northern france when he said a second front? was their intense dinner conversations on this topic where they really got into the meat of it? >> [inaudible] they knew that there would not be a second front in europe in 1942. that is what they then had to go and sell to stalin. the first night of that meeting, he was very unhappy and the dinner ended on a sour note. the second night with 70 or 80 people, and i was different. churchill said, there cannot be one. so i would have to agree. >> the time of engagement was 1943? >> yes. >> i noticed on wikipedia, there was a mention about the fact that churchill had actually moved into the white house for three weeks and i just found out unbelievable. that could've been a lot of fun times. but you said when you have talked that there were two dinners and two events and one of them involved the white house in 1941. >> the year you are re
the effectiveness of our counterterrorism strategy to date in north africa and beyond. i hope our hearing today will provide the committee with a thorough accounting of the facts leading up to the attack as well as what has been done in months following to ensure that's tragedy doesn't happen again in the months leading up to september 11th there were no fewer than four significant attacks against the western interests in the city. i'd like to have you put the chart up there, and leave it up during the course of this hearing, because each member of here has a copy of this, and there's certain things that happened we all know. we know that on may 22nd the red cross was hit with an rpg. they left town. we know that on june 11th, the british ambassador's motorcade was attacked by an rpg. they left town. we know on april 10th, the united nations convoy was hit by an ied, and on june 6th the u.s. consulate was attacked with a bomb. and many, many other things and we didn't leave. while i understand the state department has primary responsibility for the protection of american diplomats rolled the wo
: welcome back, everyone. some frauing concerns over al-qaeda's influence in north africa. we've been talking about this a lot, especially al-qaeda's desire to carry out more attacks against western targets after last month's hostage crisis at that algerian gas plant that left 38 people dead, three of them americans. catherine herridge is live in washington with more on what's next. catherine? >> reporter: well, thank you, jenna. senior u.s. intelligence officials discussed the threat picture in north africa before this morning's attack at the u.s. embassy in turkey. officials describing the desire to hit western including u.s. targets as aspirational as the goal of al-qaeda in north africa. this is u.s. interest writ large, intelligence officials said, hardened targets including diplomatic facilities as well as soft targets such as american citizens working there. and though the terror group responsible in turkey has not been identified, the head of the house foreign affairs committee issuing a statement: >> reporter: after the hostage crisis in algeria in mid january, secretary of s
: there are new concerns about al-qaida's growing influence in north africa and their desire to strike more western targets. this comes after last month's hostage crisis at an algerian gas plant that left 30 people dead, including three americans. our chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge live in washington with more. how advanced is this plotting. >> senior u.s. intelligence officials discuss the threat picture in north africa. before this morning's attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey intelligence officials describing to hit western as well as u.s. car gets as aspirational as the goal of al-qaida in north africa, not just concrete plots with established planning. the attack on the gas plant in mid january, the hostage crisis there led secretary of state hillary clinton to concede that the threat to u.s. interests in the region was growing as these groups pull their resources and people. >> i think that we have to take seriously all of these terrorist groups, whatever they call themselves. now, at the moment they don't necessarily have either the interest or the ability to at
circumstances for the united statesment now the united states in north africa including in egypt but in north africa generally faces a security situation which is something, mike rogers, the chairman of the house intelligence community wrote a piece in plirtco today calling for a comprehensive strategy and he's rit to deal with the countertrorismssuethat are arising in north africa, what do they arise from, after at rab revolutions and we had multiple simultaneous revolutions rooted in the histories of these countries, different country to country, but at the core rooted in three things, i think, governments that weren't performing, that letdown their people, a communications revolution both internally and externally, people could communicate internally and organize themselves but they also knew what was going on in the outside world. you could no longer tell your people you' got it greahere they know that's not true because they can communicate with the outside world. and you had demographic pressures, a youth -- in these countries. >> rose: many of them unemployment dorb -- unemployed which
from other parts of north africa. and joining us by skype is todd neddelson, from voice of the martyrs, here to talk about the persecution in east africa. gentlemen, welcome. gary, this country, liberated by nato, and now we have this issue of preaching the gospel. what's going on here? >> it is not a democracy, and these laws are hold-overs from the moammar gadhafi period. they haven't changed anything. they're still on the books. they're still going by them. you have people saying this is an islamic country, even though we thought what we were doing, and the french as well, was creating a new democracy. not so. >> george: and they were showcasing all of the paraphernalia they had covered, and even interviewed one the egyptian contacts? >> ramsey, and i met with him a year and a half ago when i was in libya, and he is just a christian who wants to share the gospel. trying to share jesus with the libyans. many are very receptive, but they're trying to stop it. >> george: you're just back from mali where the government and french forces have been fighting islamists fundamentalists. do y
--. >> i want to jump back on north africa. there is a fundamental, beyond hagel, a fundamental problem. the president's real policy is not necessarily that of panetta and clinton. we watching the president move to his natural position which is really wrong which the country doesn't understand back to the point that democrats are going to have a problem. he is way left and i think that is why he wants hagel. >> secretary clinton by all accounts was far more aggressive in supporting the libyans, and undertaking the syrian opposition and taking on terror in north africa than the president has been. bottom line, what pat and john spoke to, they are right: there is a huge, huge division in democratic ranks that republicans have not explained. secretary panetta, he spoke directly to these issues in his outgoing interviews and spoke of the need to protect the defense budget. >>gregg: is it your sense that hagel will be a nonfactor? go ahead and cut the budgets, but --. >> he is so weak he is a -- you are the principle defense advisor to the president, beside joint chiefs on the civilian side,
traveled to north africa as peace corps engineer. i worked as an english teacher in morocco two years and quickly grew to love this part of the world. since joining the service i spent almost my entire career in middle east and africa. one of the things that impressed me were people old enough to have lived and traveled in the united states when we had closer relations. those days are back. we had 1,700 libyans apply for fullbright grants to study in the united states this year, more than any other country in the world. we know that libya is still recovering from an intense period of conflict. there are many courageous libyans who bear the scars of that battle. we are happy we have been able to treat some of your war wounded at u.s. hospitals. we look forward to building partnerships between american and libyan hospitals to help return libya's healthcare system to the extraordinary standards of excellence it once enjoyed. over my shoulder here you can see the u.s. capitol building. in that building 535 elected representatives from every corner of america come together to debate the is
news, please let us know by clicking the like button on our page. >> george: up next, the war in north africa, as french troops we take parts of mali from islamic militants. we hear horror stories about life and the shari'a law. >> george: for the past year, islamic militants have ruled portions of northern mali that they took by force. now french and malian forces are driving the rebels out of the cities and towns they have conquered, freeing the people who were forced to live under the horror of shari'a law. ephraim graham has the story. >> reporter: dall residents dancing in the streets, celebrating their town's liberation from islamic extremists. but that celebration soon turned to anger, with mali citizens looting islamic police headquarters, and lashing out against any sign of the 10 months of oppression they endured. in that time, islamist rebels amputated the hands of these two men for supporting the malian government. this man says islamic police cut my hand and showed it to the crowd. he says jihadists tortured me for three months before hacking my hand off in front of everyo
-qaida in north africa. do they believe we are in a war on terror? were they concerned that it was a spreading and growing threat in northern africa? or did they think they had sporadic outbursts to deal with on that day to what we are told was a video. how much do you think we will get to the heart of the matter of that? >> i don't think we're going to get much here that differs from the administration line. but president obama said in his acceptance speech at the democratic convention on september the 6th, knife days beforfive days before the attack on benghazi, child is on the road to defeat. that's why so many people are skeptical about the stories that the administration told, the line about the mohammed video, because obviously the deaths of an ambassador and three of his colleagues directly contradicts and is sad testimony to the error of the argument that the war on terror is almost over and that al-qaida is close to being defeated. and what we've seen in north africa since the attack has only demonstrated how broad al-qaida's influence has become, it's ability to control a territory i
iberia, temperatures in double figures in madrid. north africa, still this is affecting algeria, some heavy downpours expected. temperatures probably no higher than 9 degrees, way below average. that extends towards tunisia. highs are just 13 in tunis. for central parts of africa, looking relatively dry here. a few showers for gabon. some fairly heavy rain across parts of zambia and zimbabwe. heavy rain in madagascar. >> top stories on al jazeera -- thousands of tunisians had gathered in the capital for the funeral of a prominent opposition leader. shokri belaid's death sparked protests across the country. flights in and out of tunis have been canceled. air are reports of a shooting in bamako -- there are reports of a shooting in bamako. forces have attacked a military checkpoint near the city of gao. european leaders are getting closer to a deal to decide that you's -- decide the eu budget for the next seven years. incoming cia chief john brennan has defended his country's controversial drone program. he was one of the architects of the scheme, which has drawn criticism from human ri
10 of 10 degrees in one -- balmy with temperatures of 10 degrees in paris and london. north africa, losing that chilly northwest winds they have had for quite some time. temperatures along the coast of algeria are rising a bit, further along the coast of libya temperatures of 17 for tripoli and benghazi. once again, showers around the gulf of guinea. legos, one or two downpours here. heavy rain, but the heaviest rain across africa is across parts of angola, extending into zambia. to mozambique and tanzania, also heavy downpours across madagascar, and across south africa some rain in the eastern cape. 26 in durban. >> top stories for this hour. oscar pistorius raced down after being formally charged in court for the murder of his -- breaks down after being formally charged in court or the murder of his girlfriend, charged with premeditated murder. demonstrations have been happening every friday in the mr province for the past two months. and russia's interior ministry says hundreds of people have been hurt after a meteor shot across the sky and exploded. ibo ran for cover after a h
in algeria raised questions about how to tackle the rise of islamist extremism in north africa. richard galpin visited the remote facility in the sahara desert. >> the funeral in scotland of kennesaw, one of the british hostages murdered at the gas plant in algeria. -- kenneth. today we traveled to the southeast of algeria to see the plant for ourselves. now there's a heavy military presence here. soldiers demonstrating that they're in control, unlike two weeks ago. the islamist militants broke into this accommodation area searching for senior foreign managers. we were told many more hostages died here at the gas processing center. the black and that towers, evidence of a bomb detonated and next to a group of foreigners chained to a mental work. -- blackened towers. some employees are back looking at how to repair this. there will be to get it up and running as soon as possible with all the employees returning including the expatriates'. for the foreigners in particular, they will want reassurances that the security here has been improved. they want to feel safe. the general manager say
and talking about further cuts in the defense budget pursuing larger missions in, of all places, north africa. >> well, i think we need to prevent the spread of terrorism to north africa because as we learned in afghanistan. lou: it is too late. >> no pomade is not. lou: it is there. >> but you cannot prove it. it takes persistence and patience. that is what people wonder. lou: winning in afghanistan. within six months of our forces principally covert entering afghanistan in the wake of september 11th we one. >> right. it is what they do afterwards. >> but there has to be a difference. you have to draw a distinction between a counter-terrorism policy which this administration has in the counterinsurgency policy. that is preventing these people from getting land on which they can mount attacks. lou: your view on this? counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, you know, frankly, i know i am being simplistic year and routed squarely in the way of simplistic outlook. the fact of the matter is, as an american, i am not interested in counter-terrorism, counterinsurgency. i am only interested in our int
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